UNC claims "Our State" at NC State midfield
Posted November 2, 2013
The North Carolina-NC State game wasn't pretty, but what happened after the game is perhaps what made the Wolfpack the angriest.
North Carolina State fell to the Tar Heels 27-19 after a shaky second half that saw two Brandon Mitchell interceptions, an inability to get into the end zone and eventually Pete Thomas being inserted under center late in the fourth quarter.
The loss will sit with the NC State team for awhile but that's not what the players are going to remember most.
As the clock hit zeroes, North Carolina players ran to midfield, directly on top of the newly minted NC State 'Our State' logo. They jumped, they slammed the ground and they chanted "Who's State? Our State!".
It was the utmost in mockery.
"If we don't have your respect already, we're going to keep on taking it until you don't have any choice but to respect us," said North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron. "I mean this is our state. Our win ratio to their losses, I mean we're killing them. Just gotta let them know."
Naturally, with emotions already running high after the loss, Wolfpack players ran at the UNC players at midfield and a scuffle ensued as they attempted to move the Tar Heel players off of the Carter-Finley turf.
"It's disrespectful," NC State running back Shadrach Thornton said following the game. Thornton related it to Terrell Owens’ celebration on the Cowboys’ star logo during the 2000 season.
Wolfpack cornerback Juston Burris agreed, both saying it crossed the line.
"I don't know what they teach them over there," Burris said,"but our coaches would never do that."
Even though the 'rivalry game' angle didn't take off leading up to the game, this contest obviously meant a lot to both sides.
"As far as I know, it's always been the Tar Heel State and always will be," said UNC head coach Larry Fedora.
Undoubtedly, UNC’s actions provided NC State with a lot of fuel for next year.
"I'm going to remember what they did on the 50-yard line after the game and I am going to look forward to playing them next year," NC State head coach Dave Doeren said.